Brazil court convicts miner Vale for damages caused by deadly dam rupture

FILE PHOTO: A helmet with a logo of Vale SA is seen in a collapsed tailings dam owned by the company, in Brumadinho, Brazil February 13, 2019. REUTERS/Washington Alves

BRASILIA (Reuters) – A Brazilian state judge on Tuesday convicted mining company Vale SA for damages caused by the deadly rupture of a tailings dam in January that killed at least 240 people.

Vale is responsible for fixing all the damages, although the judge did not set a monetary value for compensation, the Minas Gerais state court said on its website. The 11 billion reais ($2.89 billion) in Vale assets already frozen by courts will remain blocked, it said.

Reporting by Jake Spring; editing by Jonathan Oatis

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